Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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Nonbiological fathers should risk being pushed out

Regarding "Once a father, not always a father" (June 18): If a state is going to have an open-ended rule allowing nonbiological fathers to disclaim financial responsibility for children through DNA testing, then the state should also have a complementary open- ended rule allowing mothers to remove rights of custody/visitation from nonbiological fathers. If nonbiological fathers want the right to walk away at any time, then they should also bear the risk of being pushed out at any time.

Laws relating to child custody and child support are currently inequitable in their application. It is much more difficult to collect child support than it is to enforce child custody/ visitation. The majority of parents who are delinquent regarding child support are fathers, while the majority of parents with custody are mothers. It is therefore very easy for noncustodial fathers to shirk their financial responsibilities while still visiting the child. Tulin D. Acikalin San Diego

When DNA proves that the man in question is not the father, he is often stripped of his visitation rights but not the payments. The old argument that these kids lose a father is nonsense: They did not really have a father at all, but rather a visitor and a financial supporter. Robert R. Stevens Lubbock, Texas

Dunes debate rolls on

Regarding your spread "Land battle heats up dunes" (May 20) illustrating the standoff between environmentalists and recreationalists: My family and I spent nearly 20 years enjoying the dunes at Glamis. Never once during that time did I ever observe a nature lover walking through the dunes to get close to nature. Every fall, the area looks as if a human had never been there before. The dunes are pristine, the wildflowers are in bloom, and the lizards scurry about by the thousands.

This debate is not about environmentalists trying to protect the world from a small group of people bent on destroying nature; it is about a bunch of people determined to control access to public lands. …

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